- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

LONDON (AP) - President Barack Obama is acknowledging strained relations between the United States and Russia but says the time has come for the two countries to emphasize areas where they can work together.

Answering questions at a news conference with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Wednesday, Obama lamented tensions and “drift” between Moscow and Washington in recent years.

He told reporters that “I have no interest in papering those over,” but also said the two countries share many interests, including the goal of reducing nuclear stockpiles, reducing the threat of terrorism and stabilizing the world economy.

Obama said a good place to start would be in the area of nuclear proliferation. He declared that the specter of nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists “continues to be the greatest threat against humanity.”

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